Derek Van Dam

Who is CNN International Meteorologist, Derek Van Dam?

Who is Derek Van Dam?

Derek Van Dam is an on-air anchor/meteorologist for CNN (USA), CNN International & HLN (Headline News). In this role, Derek presents information related to science and shares knowledge with his local and foreign audiences with science-related information and feature stories.

The most recent events he has covered for breaking news were the Nepal Earthquake (April 29, 2015), the January 2015 N.Y.C. Blizzard, and the December 28, 2014, crash of AirAsia aircraft #QZ8501.

Since 2015, Derek has provided live updates from every hurricane that makes landfall in the US. His ability to swiftly adjust to the ever-evolving broadcast journalism landscape is demonstrated by his prominent presence in digital and social media communication.

Between 2008 and 2014, he had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a role in the establishment of South Africa’s first 24-hour news and weather channel (eNews Channel Africa). This opened the road map for a successful career at CNN and CNN International, where he is still employed.

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Derek Van Dam’s Age

Van Dam was born on October 7, 1982, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. He is currently 41 years old.

Derek Van Dam Height

The CNN International meteorologist stands at an average height of 5 feet 11 inches.

Derek Van Dam Education

Van Dam graduated in 2005 from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Meteorology.

Derek Van Dam’s Wife

The CNN International meteorologist is married to his lovely wife, Taya Van Dam. The couple hosted a wedding that was attended by family members and close friends and they have been together in marriage for 10 years.

They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Maya Sophia on March 1, 2017, and a daughter named Logan Malloy on July 31, 2018. Derek and his wife are raising their children in Atlanta, Georgia where his wife comes from.

Derek Van Dam
Van Dam and his family

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Derek Van Dam CNN International

Van Dam was awarded the American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) “Certified Broadcast Meteorologist” title, which signifies his superior skills in the field of meteorology. He presents weather reports based out of CNN International’s Atlanta offices.

He presents science briefings and the latest weather reports on both the daily and weekend versions of CNN Newsroom. Van Dam received honors for improving the overall quality and norms of weather programming throughout Africa in his previous role as Chief Meteorologist at eNCA (eNews Channel Africa) before joining CNN International.

He established himself as a prominent journalist during his time at eNCA (eNews Channel Africa). Van Dam supervised a staff of seven meteorologists and climatologists while hosting the station’s main news programs with daily weather updates.

Although he moved to South Africa to pursue his career, the first reason that prompted him to move to South Africa was for charitable activities with “The Compassionate Life Foundation,” a non-governmental organization (NGO) with headquarters in the United States.

After falling in love with the area, he moved to Cape Town in 2008 to explore a special opportunity in his line of work: starting the country’s first 24-hour news station. He was employed as a morning weather anchor at an NBC affiliate in Flint, Michigan, before moving to Africa.

Derek Van Dam’s Salary and Net Worth

Van Dam earns a salary that ranges between $87,546 – $150,758. He has created a sustainable livelihood from his career. The CNN International journalist has built a net worth of about $1 million throughout his career.

What Did Derek Van Dam Study in College

Derek studied meteorology and broadcast/Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University.


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